A member of the Salvation Army, Danielle Strickland has written several books. She is involved with Compassion International and Stop the Traffik. Today I am reviewing her latest book The Ultimate Exodus.
What do you get?
156 pages divided into 17 chapters, revealing parts of Ms. Strickland’s life. Each chapter has discussion questions following to help us dig deeper.
From learning from a repetitive dream that opened up Ms. Strickland’s eyes to all the little things that enslave us, Danielle leads us through the different ways we can find ourselves enslaved and what we can do to free ourselves from it. She uses the story of the Exodus (Israel from Egypt) as the backdrop. Ms. Strickland reminds us repeatedly that freedom is a journey. We may be free physically but it takes time for the emotions and the brain processes to catch up to what reality is.
She walks us through the horror of slavery, and asks hard questions to help us think through our responses, trying to help us walk forward into freedom. A freedom that is a process of becoming.
My eyes were opened, slavery exists in so many ways that often we are not even aware of how enslaved we are. To food, money, things, status, not dealing with the past and so forth. Yet I could not find myself agreeing with her on everything. She lost me in the chapter on Pharoah and never got me back. I get from her stories, the evilness of slavery. I think sometimes as Christians we forget the evil that it is. To be caught up by sin, to think oh, it’s just the one time, when sin is EVIL. It’s an affront to God. The more we realize it for what it is, the more we will actively try to liven the life that we have been given. One that is freedom from sin and the things that entangle us. There is good to be gleaned from this book, but I do encourage you to read it with caution.
The Ultimate Exodus: Finding Freedom from what enslaves you
156 pages, softcover
Christian living, Christianity, freedom
Reviewed for The Ultimate Exodus.